USDA Heat Stress App
The Heat Stress app built for the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center relies on the center’s research to marry current forecasted weather data—mostly temperature, humidity, wind speed, and solar radiation—to predict the likelihood of heat stress to cattle throughout the United States. The app allows cattle producers to mark areas on a U.S. map and peer several days into the future to determine the need for proactive care. Red areas represent high risk where greener areas represent lower risk. Users can also customize push notifications to be alerted on their phone days in advance if the risk of upcoming heat stress is great. Although the app relies on mountains of data being crunched every day at the server level, the app incorporates a very minimalist design that is easy to use and understand.